Philippines Celebrates Social Media Day

Social Media Day 2012

Social Media Day 2012

Last June 30, the world celebrates the 3rd annual Social Media Day. Mashable.com took the initiative in 2010 and launched Social Media Day on June 30 as a way to recognize the exciting ever-evolving digital revolution. Since then, social media enthusiasts have hosted and attended Social Media Day meetups in several cities worldwide.

The Social Media Team of Visual Ally together with their Director for Social Media Mr. Dante “Ayan” Deato were there and experienced

Social Media Day 2012

Jose Javier Reyes – A Filipino Writer and ABS-CBN Director with Visual Ally Director for Social Media – Dante “Ayan” Deato

that event. There were a huge number of bloggers, Twitterati, advocates and practitioners from media.

I had the opportunity to meet Daphne Paez and Tonyo Cruz a Filipino blogger, social media practitioner and consumer advocate . I even got a chance to have a picture taken with them.

Me with Tonyo Cruz – A Filipino Blogger / Social Media Practitioner / Consumer and Advocate

Daphne Paez and Me

The event organizer Tonyo Cruz said, “we were only expecting 300, but we can say that we reached 411 participants!” The large turn-out at the 30 June Social Media Capital affair, the first of its kind in the Philippines under Mashable’s Social Media Day worldwide event series, showed the vibrancy and willingness of some of Manila’s social media denizens to gather and celebrate the importance of social media in the country, past and present. As of last count, 444 participants  were registered for the affair. “We were surprised in a very pleasant way,”

The event, held at the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza in Makati, was one of a series of parallel events held throughout the country. Quezon City had its own Social Media Day gathering, as did Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. The name was chosen because of the fact that the Philippines has had a consistent record of being either early adopters or leaders in using social media.

Addressing the gathering on harnessing the Philippines’ social media capital were social media pundit Carlo Ople; celebrity and UNICEF campaigner Daphne Oseña-Paez; and Gang Badoy, founder of the advocacy group Rock Ed, which celebrated its seventh anniversary yesterday. Ople spoke about the overall social media landscape in the country and the issues confronting social media users in the country. The other two speakers also discussed how social media helped their advocacies and encouraged listeners to do the same.

Apart from the addresses, there was a special appearance by this year’s Miss World Philippines winner Queeneerich Rehman. There were also games and give-aways, a common fixture of similar and much smaller gatherings known to some Twitter users as “tweet-ups.”

Congratulations for a successful Social Media Day Meetup! 🙂

It’s Time to Get Socialized at Manila Social Media Day 2012!

Be Part of Social Media Day at Manila 2012!Fellow bloggers, Facebook and Twitter addicts, and other social media fanatics, please come and celebrate with us at the Manila Social Media Day on June 30, 2012 in Tower One & Exchange Fountain Area, Ayala Triangle Garden. This will be a fun event to meet people we usually interact on social media.

On June 30, the Philippines joins the world, for the very first time, in marking Social Media Day, with a big event planned right at the heart of Makati City.

Filipino Twitterati, bloggers, advocates, practitioners from media, business, government are expected to grace that day’s celebration of creativity, community and conversation that has pushed individuals, companies and organizations, and the nation many steps forward and ahead of the rest of the world.

The event is being organized by the community of netizens behind TweetUp Manila and the first Twestival Manila, and whose work and passions have brought them together both online and offline.

There is much reason to celebrate social media in the Philippines: its creation of new careers and new opportunities, the awesome efforts to use new tools for helping during and after disasters such as Ondoy and Sendong, the new space for media, politics and expression, citizen journalism and cutting-edge, content-rich multimedia practice, and industry going digital to reach and affect more people whether thru marketing, PR or advertising.

So to those interested, register now and let’s get socialized.
Visit Social Media Day website for resources and more information: http://mashable.com/smday
Follow @TweetupMNL for more details

See you guys there! 🙂